The season winds down

When we speak of the Christmas season, we typically refer to the time leafing up to the day itself.  After that we typically focus next on New Years Eve, another opportunity to gather with friends and family for fun and merriment.  In the midst of these celebratuons, allow me to suggest an addition?  Consider sending thoughtful “Thank You’s”.

The hand written Thank You note continues to be a mark of a gentleman.  It is more and more rare during this day of text and email.  However, a text or email thank you is also rare and can be used effectively.  More than the method of delivery, the intent and content is far most important.  Whether the note is regarding a gift, a dinner or an event, the more specific the note the more meaningful. 

I encourage you to make the week between Christmas and New Years as the week of the Thank You.  Now, if you will excuse me, I have one or two Thank You notes of my own to write.

Do it when the thought comes.

Throughout my entire life, I have loved and looked forward to Christmas time.  Carols, lights, treats, presents, all of these things set the season apart as a special time of year.  More than that, the way that people treated each other often changed in subtle ways; kindness, patience and a genuine care for others seemed to be more likely to be seen during the Christmas season.

Sadly, too often the end of the season seems to mark a return to “business as usual” for the human race.  And regularly I hear people wish that the spirit of the season would last longer and become somehow more permanent in the hearts and minds of men.  Of course, it can.  It simply begins with a determination in the heart and mind of one.

As the season comes to its culmination, may we all remember to carry the style and substance if the Christmas season each and every day, acting on it when the thought comes to mind, whenever the thought comes to mind.